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New Thread for May 7th……..

Another Weekend is upon us……

Yea Boy!

The Dog Wishes to Thank  DSD for his comprehensive English, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scottish Election Coverage….

I’m tying to get him to advise us who he thinks is going to form up a English government over there….

I’m happy to see more people coming on the Dog to get their two cents in…..

Daniel and I will go back and forth…as usual…

But that’s part of the fun here……

We have started doing features of Manila’s morning rants…and  CD supplies us with Basketball Updates….

BDog, Brandon, Terry and yes TPL bring up the rear giving us their points of view…..

We feature Talkandpolitcs and Up 4 Discussion here along with other Blog sites……

And of course we get drop-ins all the time….

Keep it coming folks!

We welcome more comments and Welcome the twitter people joining the Dog everyday!

Oh, yea……

The Dog is looking for someone from the DC area to help us out here as we continue to grow…

If you are interested…… Please get in touch with me ….

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Media, Men, Open thread, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | | 148 Comments

'Men in Black III' coming to a movie theatre close to you in 2012…….

Yep they’re coming back!

The guys in the black suits…..

Can you image the Special Effects????

The Movie will be in 3-D…….

Hold on a second while I put on my sunglasses. [Pause] Okay, here we go. Now, I’m just going to hold this little device up to your eyes, and you’re going to see a tiny flash. And then you know what’s going to happen? You’re going to forget thatMen In Black II ever happened.

And if that doesn’t wash your memory of MIB2, hopefully this will: Columbia Pictures announced today thatMen In Black III will be released in 3-D on May 25, 2012. The whole crew is set to return as well — according to Columbia’s press release, deals have been made with Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld, and advanced negotiations are in place with Tommy Lee Jones. (Also close to being on board: Josh Brolin, who is in talks to star as the young version of Jones’ Agent Kay.)

So now that we know they’re all back together, the question is…….

More…..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘Men in Black III’ coming to a movie theatre close to you in 2012…….

Yep they’re coming back!

The guys in the black suits…..

Can you image the Special Effects????

The Movie will be in 3-D…….

Hold on a second while I put on my sunglasses. [Pause] Okay, here we go. Now, I’m just going to hold this little device up to your eyes, and you’re going to see a tiny flash. And then you know what’s going to happen? You’re going to forget thatMen In Black II ever happened.

And if that doesn’t wash your memory of MIB2, hopefully this will: Columbia Pictures announced today thatMen In Black III will be released in 3-D on May 25, 2012. The whole crew is set to return as well — according to Columbia’s press release, deals have been made with Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld, and advanced negotiations are in place with Tommy Lee Jones. (Also close to being on board: Josh Brolin, who is in talks to star as the young version of Jones’ Agent Kay.)

So now that we know they’re all back together, the question is…….

More…..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The FCC wants to regulate internet providers……The GOP is against the move……

The proposal would impose a fresh layer of rules on a sector that has so far been lightly regulated. By reclassifying broadband providers, the FCC hopes to be able to carry out its plans to greatly expand Internet access nationwide and require companies that get consumers onto the Web to treat all online traffic equally.

Genachowski portrayed his plan as a middle-of-the-road approach to regulating broadband, saying he would exempt providers from dozens of rules that typically apply to phone companies.

“I sought an approach consistent with the limited but essential role that government should play with respect to broadband communications,” said Genachowski, who noted that he did not wish to burden the thriving broadband industry with a heavy regulatory hand.

Those concessions notwithstanding, the proposal was met with swift opposition from several of the nation’s largest ISPs.

“The fact remains that this approach would subject Internet facilities to some of the most onerous regulatory provisions on the books,” said Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs at AT&T.

The long-awaited decision follows a federal court decision last month that threw into doubt the FCC’s ability to regulate ISPs. An appeals court found that the FCC had overreached its authority by sanctioning Comcast for blocking a peer-to-peer application…..

More…..

House Leader Boehner is coming out against the bill for ‘job saving’ reasons…something I find hard to agree with…..My concern is not with that…which I think is BS……I am inclined to agree with the person in the piece ‘s comments section which worries about a GOP administration coming on and deciding to go ahead with telling everyone WHAT should be ON the net’.……..

I’m going to come down on the side AGAINST the FCC move right now….

I know it’s wild and woolly out there…but that’s why things are such that they improve everyday……


House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) is using language from the just-completed healthcare debate to blast the FCC’s attempt to rein in broadband providers.

Boehner accused the agency Thursday of pursuing a “government takeover of the Internet,” just hours after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled the plan, which would place broadband providers under some of the same rules that have long governed phone companies.

“Under this job-killing big government scheme, the Obama administration is seeking to expand the power of the federal government,” Boehner said in a statement.

“The success of the Internet is a perfect example of what happens when entrepreneurship and innovation are allowed to flourish, but today’s decision will undermine its success and hurt our economy,” the GOP leader continued. “The American people are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’  They aren’t asking for yet another government takeover that imposes new job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet…….

Is he kidding me?

What is he talking about?

The FCC’s side on things…….

The FCC, however, has explicitly sought to shed any mention that hope to regulate or takeover the Internet. Rather, the commission has framed its efforts as an attempt to store the same rules and procedures that were in place before a federal court in April invalidated the FCC’s ability to regulate broadband providers.

Two FCC officials on a conference call with reporters on Thursday declined to address Boehner’s criticisms directly. They also noted that full implementation of Genachowski’s proposal — including rules that would safeguard open Internet — was still some time away.

But Boehner on Thursday implored lawmakers to act preemptively to stop the FCC from encroaching too much on private business.

“Congress should listen to the American people and act to reverse this unnecessary federal government power grab,” he said.

More from The Hill…..and please check the comments..they are good!……

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Hot Damn!…The Mets win 6-4 against Frisco the with two Home Runs from Davis and Barajas!…..

WHAT a game!!!!!

Unbelievable!!!!

Barajas also made a great defensive catch!

More to come shortly…..

Link……..

Here’s the Blog Play by Play of the game from Andy Marino over at the New York Daily News…..

10:01: Oh, my. Barajas just hit homer No. 101, a walk-off two-run shot to lift the Mets to a 6-4 victory.

9:56: They are keeping away from the Mighty Ike — he was just walked on a 3-1 pitch by Sergio Roma.

9:50: Ike is starting to scare me. He just tumbled over the rail to snare a foul by Sandoval to end that inning. Great catch, the second time he’s done a rail flip for an out since he was called up. Remarkable.

9:48: K-Rod balked a runner to second and then DeRosa hit a single that Castillo dove for to keep in the infield and keep a run from scoring. Excellent play. Now it’s first and third with, gulp, Sandoval up. K-Rod lost a streak of 7.2 scoreless innings, by the by.

9:42: Thank goodness Ike is due up in the ninth. Imagine…….

9:39: Writer’s nightmare — John Bowker just smashed a game-tying pinch homer off Frankie Rodriguez. It’s 4-4.

9:34: Blogging break, as I composed my running story, which will appear on the Daily News website moments after the final out. K-Rod is in the game now, looking for Save No. 5. As they said in “Wedding Crashers” — Lock it down. No, you lock it down.

9:20: Nieve with a tidy little two-thirds there, getting Uribe on an almost-double play and then retiring Schierholtz on a fly to left, preserving 4-3 Met lead.

9:14: Here’s the Situation (this one’s for you, Situation, if you’re reading this): Castillo could not handle a hot grounder by DeRosa leading off the eighth, but Pelfrey rallied to get Sandoval to foul out. But Aubrey Huff singled, putting runners on first and second and knocking out Pelfrey. Fernando Nieve just trotted in from the bullpen to pitch to Juan Uribe and Pelfrey left to a nice hand from fans after a gritty performance.

9:10: Pelf has only thrown 79 pitches (56 strikes). He has not walked anyone, by the way.

9:01: Big Pelf hitting for himself here in the 7th inning. Sanchez batted for himself in the 7th inning, too. Clearly, we’ve all been in a time machine that landed in 1968.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2010/05/live-blog-giants-at-mets.html#ixzz0nIhKHAoY

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Arizona's new law is going to cost the state in the pocketbook…..Boycotts are coming……

Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza.

[ Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza which along with 19 other groups are calling for the Arizona boycott ]

It has begun already…..23 confrences or meetings have already been cancelled…..

Major League Baseball is scheduled to hold it’s All- Star Game in Phoenix…….

Latino groups are working to get all of the League’s Latino players to threaten not to play……

More Conferences are pulling out the state everyday………

To be fair…..

A lot of Latino’s work in the state…and they are going to suffer along with everyone else….

The Whole thing is turning into a mess…..

Obama is now saying he wants the Congress to work towrds a solution this year….

Ok…fine…Sure???

The law at the center of the debate, S.B. 1070, gives Arizona’s police broad power to stop people on suspicion of being in the state illegally. It has also become the newest rallying cry for supporters of a plan to overhaul the immigration system and provide a way for the bulk of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants to gain legal status.

Supporters of the NCLR have agreed to pull the Puerto Rican Day festival’s regional meeting out of Phoenix, and the National Urban League struck the city from a short-list of places to host its 2012 conference. The groups said their ultimate target is Washington, where they hope to turn President Obama’s promise to “begin work this year” on immigration policy into action.

At a news conference, Murguía specifically called on Major League Baseball to renege on its promise to hold the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix. League officials would not comment, but Gov. Jan Brewer (R) pushed back in aneditorial on ESPN.com.

“Boycotts are just more politics and manipulation by out-of-state interests,” Brewer said. “As a border state, Arizona has already paid a heavy price for the federal government’s failure — hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in unreimbursed costs — and its citizens should not be punished further.”

According to a tally by the state’s hotel and lodging association, 23 meetings scheduled there have been canceledhttp://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/20100430_weiner_statement_on_arizona_immigration_law.pdf. About 30 percent of the league’s players are Latino, and civil rights groups are hoping they will help to pressure baseball owners to punish Arizona.

More…..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Arizona’s new law is going to cost the state in the pocketbook…..Boycotts are coming……

Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza.

[ Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza which along with 19 other groups are calling for the Arizona boycott ]

It has begun already…..23 confrences or meetings have already been cancelled…..

Major League Baseball is scheduled to hold it’s All- Star Game in Phoenix…….

Latino groups are working to get all of the League’s Latino players to threaten not to play……

More Conferences are pulling out the state everyday………

To be fair…..

A lot of Latino’s work in the state…and they are going to suffer along with everyone else….

The Whole thing is turning into a mess…..

Obama is now saying he wants the Congress to work towrds a solution this year….

Ok…fine…Sure???

The law at the center of the debate, S.B. 1070, gives Arizona’s police broad power to stop people on suspicion of being in the state illegally. It has also become the newest rallying cry for supporters of a plan to overhaul the immigration system and provide a way for the bulk of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants to gain legal status.

Supporters of the NCLR have agreed to pull the Puerto Rican Day festival’s regional meeting out of Phoenix, and the National Urban League struck the city from a short-list of places to host its 2012 conference. The groups said their ultimate target is Washington, where they hope to turn President Obama’s promise to “begin work this year” on immigration policy into action.

At a news conference, Murguía specifically called on Major League Baseball to renege on its promise to hold the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix. League officials would not comment, but Gov. Jan Brewer (R) pushed back in aneditorial on ESPN.com.

“Boycotts are just more politics and manipulation by out-of-state interests,” Brewer said. “As a border state, Arizona has already paid a heavy price for the federal government’s failure — hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in unreimbursed costs — and its citizens should not be punished further.”

According to a tally by the state’s hotel and lodging association, 23 meetings scheduled there have been canceledhttp://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/20100430_weiner_statement_on_arizona_immigration_law.pdf. About 30 percent of the league’s players are Latino, and civil rights groups are hoping they will help to pressure baseball owners to punish Arizona.

More…..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates maybe getting ready to leave……

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That’s the only conclusion the Dog can see in his latest crusade…..

I thought he was good pick to stay on…..

And he HAS done a good job…..

But I’ve had my misgivings about some programs that he has cut….

And how he has handled a few things…..

Marine One and the Refueling Tanker programs….

And taking the C-27J from the Army completely…..

I know Obama asked him to stay around for a while…..but he’s gonna be gone pretty soon….

Why do I say that?

Because he’s now vocally complaining that CONGRESS is giving the nation’s military TOO MUCH money and benefits…..

That isn’t gonna make him any friends on Capital…but it sure is gonna make him enemies…….

And he’s one guy against a lot of Congressmen and women…..

…..from both parties…..

Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations. It has also rejected attempts by the Pentagon to slow soaring health-care costs — which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said are “eating us alive” — by hiking co-pays or raising premiums.

Now, Pentagon officials see fiscal calamity.

In the midst of two long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government’s generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment.

Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel, told a Senate committee in March that rising personnel costs could “dramatically affect the readiness of the department” by leaving less money to pay for operations and maintenance. Overall, personnel expenses constitute about one-quarter of defense spending.

“Both sides of the aisle are trying to send a very clear message to our military that we appreciate their service,” said Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of its military personnel subcommittee. She said the Pentagon needed to do a better job of setting priorities. “We end up with a false choice — are we going to fund weapons or are we going to fund people? The reality is, we need both.”

The Pentagon’s attempts to rein in personnel costs have also run into opposition from powerful lobby groups. “Any attempt to link rising military personnel costs with shrinking military readiness is total nonsense,” Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., leader of Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in response to Stanley’s comments in March.

Advocates for troops and retirees say the main reason for the increase in wages is that they were way too low to begin with. In the late 1990s, after the military had been whittled down in size from its Cold War peak, studies found that service members earned about 13 percent less than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels……

Like I said….This is bad politics for Gates……

In February, the Pentagon abruptly shut down a new tuition-assistance program for military spouses after it was overwhelmed with applicants. Defense officials had set aside $61 million for the program, which reimburses tuition costs of up to $6,000 per person, but discovered they might need as much as $2 billion to satisfy unexpected demand.

Congress chastised the Pentagon for mismanaging the program, which has since resumed, though defense officials aren’t sure how they’ll pay for it.

Gates is gonna be looking for new job pretty soon if he keeps at this….

Wait and see…..

More…..

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

The Dog still thinks it's gonna be Kagan for the Supreme's job……

I mentioned this a while ago when the job hunt began……

I’m trying to repeat my good record in picking the last Supreme Court appointment of Justice Sotomayor……


From PoliticalWire……

Mike Allen: “Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look for it to be Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law dean. The pick isn’t official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it’s otherwise. Kagan’s relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions The West Wing may leak the pick to AP’s Ben Feller on the later side Sunday, then confirm it for others for morning editions.”

Another sign: Salon reports the White House is circulating pro-Kagan talking points.

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

The Dog still thinks it’s gonna be Kagan for the Supreme’s job……

I mentioned this a while ago when the job hunt began……

I’m trying to repeat my good record in picking the last Supreme Court appointment of Justice Sotomayor……


From PoliticalWire……

Mike Allen: “Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look for it to be Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law dean. The pick isn’t official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it’s otherwise. Kagan’s relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions The West Wing may leak the pick to AP’s Ben Feller on the later side Sunday, then confirm it for others for morning editions.”

Another sign: Salon reports the White House is circulating pro-Kagan talking points.

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments